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Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Police said officers are focusing on three areas of Madison this week to reduce traffic violations.

The Madison Police Department's traffic enforcement safety team will enforce speed limits on the eastbound Beltline Highway on Madison's west side and on the north side on Wright Street, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Officers will also be enforcing restrictions on East Washington Avenue in areas where right turns at red lights are restricted.

The special enforcement team regularly conducts targeted patrols to promote compliance with traffic laws.

PD notifies community of sex offender's move to Rosemary Ave.

PD notifies community of sex offender's move to Rosemary Ave.

Police plan to hold a meeting with east Madison residents next week to notify them of a registered sex offender's scheduled move to Rosemary Avenue. 

Madison police will host the community information gathering at the Salvation Army Annex, 3030 Darbo Drive, on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. 

According to the state Department of Corrections, 45-year-old Michael P. Nelson is required to register as a sex offender for life. 

The Madison Police Department said Nelson has served the sentence imposed on him by the courts, is on parole supervision and scheduled to move into an apartment on Rosemary Avenue.

According to police, Nelson was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in 1989. He was convicted about 13 years later of first-degree sexual assault of a child and repeated acts of sexual assault of a child, in 2002. Nelson's victims have been girls known to him.

Police release pictures of masked bank robber

Police release pictures of masked bank robber

A man with a bandanna over his face robbed a north side bank Tuesday morning, Madison police said.

The robber passed a note to a teller at the BMO Harris Bank at 1202 N. Sherman Ave. around 11:40 a.m., officials said. The man then fled on foot with cash.

A police dog was brought in to try and track the robber, but the search was unsuccessful, according to a release.

The robber is described as a white man in his 30s to 40s, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black jacket, sunglasses and a gray bandanna over his face.

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Police: Man denies stealing iPhone off bus despite video

Police: Man denies stealing iPhone off bus despite video

Police said a Madison man denied taking a teen's smartphone on a Madison Metro bus Sunday despite surveillance video.

The Madison Police Department said Jermaal D. Maymon was riding a city bus on Northport Drive at 2:08 p.m. when he took an iPhone belonging to a teenaged passenger. 

Police said the 16-year-old girl forgot her phone when she got up to exit the bus, but when she came back to get it, it was gone. 

According to the report, Madison Metro surveillance video showed Maymon taking the iPhone off the seat. Police used the video to identify Maymon, the department said. 

Police said officers confronted Maymon Wednesday but he denied taking the phone, even after police told him about the video. 

Maymon was arrested on suspicion of theft and a probation hold. 

Police said the iPhone was not recovered. 

Man strangles, batters woman he met online, police say

Man strangles, batters woman he met online, police say

Police said a man attacked a woman he'd met online at her north side Madison home earlier this week.

The Madison Police Department said a woman in her 40s invited a man she recently met online through Adult Friend Finder to her home in the Aberg Avenue area Monday.

Police said Robert Palen, 38, of Middleton, visited the woman's apartment early in the morning. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the victim told police she had never met Palen in person before Monday, but they had sent texts and online messages back and forth. 

Palen attacked the woman and strangled her, according to the report. Following the assault, the woman fled her apartment and called for help. 

Police said Palen left the woman's home before police arrived and was arrested Monday night at his home in Middleton. 

DeSpain said police did not release Palen's arrest booking photo Thursday afternoon because the investigation was ongoing.

Police find 7.7 grams of marijuana, arrest Sun Prairie man

Police find 7.7 grams of marijuana, arrest Sun Prairie man

A Sun Prairie man was arrested after police found 7.7 grams of marijuana in his vehicle Tuesday night on Madison's north side, according to a release.

Police responded to the area of Sheridan Drive around 10:21 p.m. for reports of people in dark clothing wearing backpacks and going through vehicles, officials said. Police found a running vehicle in the area of North Sherman Avenue and Logan Street, and made contact with the occupants.

According to the release, police smelled a strong odor of marijuana that the driver, Joshua, M. Knight, 24, claimed he didn't know anything about and that he was waiting on a friend.

Police said while searching the vehicle they found 7.7 grams of marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia and packaging materials.

Knight told police he had forgotten about the drugs in the vehicle. He was arrested on charges of manufacturing and delivering THC.

Police: Database connects pawned PlayStation, burglary

Police: Database connects pawned PlayStation, burglary

Police said investigators were able to connect a Madison man to gaming equipment stolen from a north side Madison home last month.

The Madison Police Department said 23-year-old Travis Pollock was charged with theft and taken into custody on a probation hold Thursday.

According to the report, a PlayStation 3 and several games were stolen from a house on the 1500 block of Troy Drive Nov. 21 at about 7:30 a.m.

Police said the victim provided a serial number for the PlayStation, which an investigator ran through software that tracks pawned merchandise and found the system at an east side Madison shop.

The victims were a 26-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, both of Madison, police said.